8 days in San Diego, Los Angeles & San Francisco Itinerary

8 days in San Diego, Los Angeles & San Francisco Itinerary

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8 days in San Diego, Los Angeles & San Francisco Itinerary

Start: Cleveland
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Cleveland

2
nights
San Diego

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
San Diego is known for zoos & aquariums, museums, beaches, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo, enjoy some diversion at Balboa Park, examine the collection at Maritime Museum of San Diego, and pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument.

For reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the San Diego trip itinerary builder tool .

Cleveland to San Diego is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Cleveland to San Diego, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cleveland in December, expect nights in San Diego to be a bit warmer, around 51°F, while days are much hotter, around 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

2
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
On the 19th (Thu), discover the magic at Disneyland Park and then see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, then experience the excitement of Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. December in Los Angeles sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Disneyland Park
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 21st (Sat), head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, then take in the pleasant sights at Fisherman's Wharf, and then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, then walk around Golden Gate Park, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco holiday site .

You can fly from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Los Angeles in December, you will find days in San Francisco are a bit cooler (59°F), and nights are about the same (45°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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